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Serverless Computing Supports City-Wide Surveillance in Rochester

Pivot 3 : 28 May, 2010  (Application Story)
Expansion of surveillance in the US city of Rochester called for a fresh look at storage options resulting in the deployment of CloudBanks from Pivot3 as a scalable serverless environment that supports expansion
Pivot3 announces the City of Rochester has deployed Pivot3 Serverless Computing as part of its sophisticated citywide surveillance system that includes more than 100 cameras. The city's aggressive campaign to protect its citizens and reduce crime, which makes use of the power and scalability of six Pivot3 CloudBanks running Genetec Omnicast video management software, has reduced crime in hotbed areas by 80 percent.

"Our video surveillance initiative is a top priority for the city," said Todd McCormack, an officer with the Rochester Police Department. "We have experienced tremendous success and continue to look at expanding the project. We require a storage solution that can easily and dynamically grow over time, enabling the addition of more cameras and extended retention times as video capacity evolves."

Pivot3 designs storage for video surveillance applications where virtual servers are included with high-availability shared storage. This approach eliminates the need for separate physical servers, which reduces acquisition costs and operating costs by up to 40 percent. A simple appliance approach also lets customers like the City of Rochester dynamically expand over time without affecting existing infrastructure, maintaining investment protection. Since storage alone can account for 50 percent of the cost of a surveillance system, Pivot3 addresses a major cost driver, which is essential for municipalities that want to maximize their budget dollars.

"The city required a solution with a high level of reliability so that component or server failures wouldn't interrupt the capture of video or the access of recorded video," said Paul Zucker, CTO, Avrio RMS. "We heard about Pivot3 storage with embedded virtual servers from other municipalities and were convinced that applying virtualization to this environment would provide the high availability and simple expansion the city needed while staying within budget."

'The safety of the City of Rochester's residents and visitors is vital, and large municipalities are utilizing video surveillance to control crime and increase security,' said Lee Caswell, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Pivot3. 'They are collecting enormous amounts of data, and a highly scalable, integrated server and storage solution provides the police department and the city with a guarantee that captured video is accessible when needed.'
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